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'The View' on Bill O'Reilly: 'This is a country full of rage'

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For the first time since their now-infamous walk-off, the hosts of "The View" addressed their fight with Bill O'Reilly.

"On this show, we always speak about standing up to bigotry, so I stood up," Joy Behar said today.

Behar and co-host Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set while interviewing O'Reilly after he asked, "Muslims didn't kill us on 9/11?"

Behar and Goldberg said that it was not staged but that they were pushed to the edge by O'Reilly's controversial views

Barbara Walters again took the time to chastise her co-hosts for walking out on the conversation, saying it added fuel to an already volatile debate. "This country is full of rage," she said.

Behar said recalled a scene from "12 Angry Men" to justify her response. In the film, when 11 jurors realize one juror is "hateful and bigoted," they rise and turn their backs to the man, saying nothing. "They walk away from the bigotry," Behar said.

Walters said she would not invite O'Reilly back to the show if Behar truly thought he was "hateful and bigoted."

Did "The View" hosts respond correctly to O'Reilly or did they act irresponsibly? Was this staged for ratings?

By Melissa Bell  | October 18, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
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so Behar thinks Bill O Reilly is bigoted and hateful- when they are the ones bigoted and hateful- when you have no facts to stand against the man's facts you turn your back and run- Fire them both and cancel the View- The show should be called OUR VIEW ONLY! What jokes they are.If the country is full of rage it is over the ignorant ramblings of the Left.

Posted by: dianerowland | October 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone care what Whoopi Goldberg thinks? Anyone who watches the view to get informed opinions...is a joke.

Posted by: RobMc1 | October 18, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The View is an embarrassment to all women. There is no thoughtful comment, only rants from uneducated and overpaid females. They certainly do not represent the hard-working, talented women that make up this country (as Walters suggests). I am a liberal but I would never associate myself with those "comics".

Posted by: RafikiRuby | October 18, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Joy and Whoopi were finding any reason to be offended because O'Reilly said nothing offensive.

My friend once got jumped outside a bar. He told me "some Mexican guys jumped him". He didn't mean the Mexican race and has no problems with them and works with many. Just 3 guys who were Mexican jumped him and tried to take his wallet. He made a factually correct comment just like O'Reilly. Yes, we can be a little more politically correct with our language but the faux outrage by Joy and Whoopi was a joke.

Posted by: louisp3 | October 18, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Will never watch The View again. Sorry, Ms. Bullock.

Posted by: annnort | October 18, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I've heard Joy describe "white men" as whiners on the show and say "their" time is over. Really? All white men?

I think it is disgusting that Walters is going to ban Bill from the show because The white man hater thinks he is hateful and bigoted. O'Reilly should fire back that they hate the Irish. :)

Posted by: free12 | October 18, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"Walters said she would not invite O'Reilly back to the show if Behar truly thought he was "hateful and bigoted."

The chances of them not inviting back the biggest ratings draw of the year are ZERO. And anyone in TV knew instinctively in real time as the walkoff was in progress, this would be played and replayed all over the world. Behar and Goldberg probably have only one regret, they attempted to support their vauge stands with extremely weak comments. They'll want to get a chance to do better, or forever be the losers against a guy who occasionally overreaches on his causes and could have been a reasonably easy target.

Posted by: kls1 | October 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"You're either with us or against us" ... the whole belief of the O'Reilly sect. If you don't believe every word Bill says, you are the enemy and he will make every effort to prove you are truly 'the enemy'. His whole success as entertainer is that of provocation of either your hatred towards him or your hatred toward others. Has he ever shown compassion for fellow human beings? Does he hate more humans than he likes? Do you?

Posted by: TrarJ | October 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

It's The View...who cares. It's like Jerry Springer for girls. Goldberg and Behar are village idiots...Walters is a has been...and Hasselbeck is below her level...but hot!

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | October 18, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

If they fire Whoopi and the other one, Barack Obama would be a suitable replacement. I think they all had the same record of accomplishment before he was elected president somehow, so he should fit in.

Posted by: AsstGM | October 18, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

It's entertainment, including O'Reilly. They are all looking for ratings. Do not consider it serious journalism or serious discussion show.

Posted by: staterighter | October 18, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Some think it important to make the distinction between terrorists and muslims in general. Mr. O'Reilly clearly does not.
However, he takes great care in separating religion from those that bomb abortion clinics, form "christian militias" or advocate white supremacy all in the name of King James.
Personaly I find all religions suspect, I find Islam one of the most odious examples of mans seeking divine inspiration.
Having said that, Mr. O'Reillys' hiding behind what he alludes is merely a lack of "politcal correctness" is insulting. He meant to say it and continues to say it. It is a cowards argument.
Islam has no more declared war on the U.S. than christians have declared war of abortion providers, homosexuals or blacks.
But there are members of each of these fairy tale believers that espouse just that. War on those they find different or in conflict with the beliefs they hold above humanity.
I myself would find it difficult to sit on a stage when assaulted by Mr. O'Reillys' condesending remarks and manner, his thinly veiled bigotry and overbearing manner. On the other hand, I would certainly welcome the chance to discuss his views in a cornfield where his attempt at intimidation would require some put up or shut up.

Posted by: daddygoodthing | October 18, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Whoopi - an ex-welfare queen who "made it" in the entertainment industry via raunchy comedy and (if I remember correctly) sleeping briefly with Ted Dansen, during a time when he was experiencing temporary insanity. And her opinion is suppose to matter to whom???

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | October 18, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if those two would have gotten up if Bill had said some fanatic Catholics group had been responsible....NOT A CHANCE!

Posted by: getagrip5 | October 18, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I meant to add to my post, Whoopi seems to follow President Obama with the use profanity. His two most recent lines of note: "I wish they would just plug the da-n hole." and lest we forget: "We need to investigate BP so I can know whose a-- to kick."
Little minds, tend to resort to profanity when all else fails and for all the hoopla about this President and his great speaking abilities, he's NOT that good without his idiot board (to use ex-Vice President Mondale's recent description of Obama and his speaking crutch).

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | October 18, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Fox in general is depised by the left wing media. Bill O'Reilly was perfectly correct in statiting it was Muslims who brought down the Twin Towers. However, Mesdames Behar and Goldberg are blinded by their joint hate of Mr. O'Reilly that they're even willing to look stupid to make their silly point - which was point-LESS anyway. Anyone who watches The Factor will know that Mr. O'Reilly can be heavy-handed in his treatment of guests but is fair and balanced when it comes to opposing views. This goes for most Fox anchors, with the possible exception of Sean Hannity. Did anyone see Chris Wallace give Carly Fiorina a hard time with a question she wouldn't answer on yesterday's Fox News Sunday? Hardly a pro-GOP bias there.

Posted by: jrwbrit1 | October 18, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Here is what you get from the Roman Polanski defender:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdQiQfxvJ8s

Sister Act won't be in my Netflix queue anytime soon.

Posted by: West_Seattle | October 18, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Saying Muslims killed 3000 people is as historically accurate as saying Catholics killed 6 millions Jews.

Posted by: kchses1 | October 18, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Mr. O'Reilly, however, Ms. Behar has a nerve, talk about a bigot and a hypocrite, she is always making negative comments about the Catholic Church and then tells everyone that she used to be a Catholic as if that makes it okay. When she comments on the church, she is usually ignorant of of what she speaks.

Posted by: Listening2 | October 18, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

O-Reilly is a;

Hater

Hater

Master

Baiter!

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | October 18, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

These comments spotlight the conservative skills - define enemies and attack. Just like around the world.

Posted by: LifeBeforePrinciple | October 18, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

To state the obvious, that American were killed on 9/11 by Muslims promoting an extremist view of Islam, is a "controversial" view?

Only among pea brains and ideologues. As someone else said, if it wasn't for its anti-American terrorism, progressives would hate Islam.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | October 18, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

defending O'Reilly on the ground that his comment about Muslims was literally correct is disingenuous. The problem with his attitude toward Muslims isn't that he's incorrect about their religion.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 18, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The terrorists that brought down the world trade centers were Muslims. Thats a matter of historical fact. However to say that the Muslims attacked us and brought down the trade center is a most egregious and hateful lie. That is to ascribe the actions of a few hateful radicals to a group of people that makes up about 1/4 of humanity.

This logical equality would mean that all Christians are responsible for the killing of the abortion doctor in Kansas, the hunting and massacre of thousands of blacks in the south by the KKK, and other heinous crimes that no right minded Christian would ever continence.

I suggest that people should be very careful when slinging mud. It has a tendency to make a mess of the thrower as well.

Posted by: reussere | October 18, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line:
O'Reilly is egotistical and extremely opinionated. He is totally incapable of admitting to any of the hateful things that he does. He is exactly in the same class as Hannity. That is, they both use "SPIN" and Selective, misleading, "EDITING" to present and defend their extremely biased religious and political views.

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 18, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line:
O'Reilly is egotistical and extremely opinionated. He is totally incapable of admitting to any of the hateful things that he does. He is exactly in the same class as Hannity. That is, they both use "SPIN" and Selective, misleading, "EDITING" to present and defend their extremely biased religious and political views.

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 18, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The View has diarrhea: Behar and Goldberg.

Posted by: MRGB | October 18, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Only Barbara Walters acted respectably. Behar's movie reference is a poor attempt to glorify her walking away. Walking away means "I'm not going to listen to you". Goldberg and Behar acted like children on a playground.
I don't think Behar understands what a "hateful and bigoted" person is.
These women are an embarassment to women. Basically they couldn't counter O'Reilly's comments so they walked off. WEAK.

Posted by: hebe1 | October 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

When Joy Behar stood up during that show, she filled the entire screen on my TV. For a second, I thought we had a solar eclipse.

Posted by: richard36 | October 18, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

When O'Reilly and his kind say Muslims attacked us they mean exactly that. Their goal is to lie often enough that it becomes common to think that all Muslims hate America and that there is some organized Muslim plot to overthrow the US.

Tell a lie often enough and people will believe it. O'Reilly wants to equate Muslim and terrorist attacks in the American psyche. Seems to be doing a pretty good job thanks to his friends on Faux.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 18, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Whoopi - an ex-welfare queen who "made it" in the entertainment industry via raunchy comedy and (if I remember correctly) sleeping briefly with Ted Dansen, during a time when he was experiencing temporary insanity. And her opinion is suppose to matter to whom???

Posted by: ReneesOpinion
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My opinion. Goldberg's opinion should matter about as much as Joe Miller's in Alaska. That gem of the Teabaggers who hates entitlements used a few in his day too.

Miller received federal farm subsidies for land he owned in Kansas in the 1990s and he and his wife received low-income hunting and fishing licenses when they first moved to Alaska and he was fresh from law school.

Miller also acknowledged his family also received Medicaid for a period and that his wife briefly received unemployment benefits.

So it's OK, I gather, for a welfare conservative to make good but not a welfare liberal?

Posted by: arancia12 | October 18, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

To state the obvious, that American were killed on 9/11 by Muslims promoting an extremist view of Islam, is a "controversial" view?

Only among pea brains and ideologues. As someone else said, if it wasn't for its anti-American terrorism, progressives would hate Islam.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns

---------------

So if I state the obvious, that Americans were killed on 9.11 by men, that would be OK? If I continued that line over and over, that would be OK? If I said there were radical males out there waging war on America, that would OK?

Why doesn't O'Reilly draw the male connection? Or the Saudi connection? Those are equally true statements but they just don't seem that important to the Islamophobes on the right.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind the faact that the view is a cruel joke and Barbara Walters is insufferable, did Ms. Walters or the bookers not realize that O'Reilly is a bigot? Of course, this was a rating stunt!

Posted by: mykaladrian | October 18, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I expect every person here who think Behar and Goldberg were bigoted to walk out on O'Reilly to have refudiated (thank you Mrs. Palin) Joe Wilson when he shouted "You lie!" in the middle of the President of the United States speech.

If you didn't have the cajones to do so then, please feel free to do so now.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 18, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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